By installing a basement flood protection device in your home, you may qualify for a subsidy from the city of Toronto. Adding these devices to your basement will protect your home in case of flooding from heavy rains during a storm. Plumbers in Toronto can fit one or more of the available flooding protection systems right into your home.
Do you qualify?
To qualify for the subsidy, you must be the owner of a single-family, duplex or triplex residential home. You would be eligible for up to $3,400 per property that has been equipped with a flood protection device. Qualifying devices include a backwater valve, sump pump or pipe severance and capping of the storm sewer or external weeping tile connection.
You must work with a contractor that has a business license for the city of Toronto. If your contractor doesn’t have a valid license, you may be denied funding for the work completed. You can work with plumbers in Toronto, with contractors who specialize in plumbing and heating or drains, or with a building renovator.
Which device should you install?
If you choose to install a backwater valve as part of the program, this will include the installation of a new valve or the replacement of an existing one. An alarm must also be included in the system. The Toronto program allows for 80 percent of the cost of the project to be reimbursed, up to $1,250. An inspection by the Toronto Building Division will check to see that the installed backwater valves are up to building code, before you can apply for funding.
To put in a sump pump, it can be new or a replacement of an existing unit. An alarm must be equipped with it as well as backup power. Reimbursed cost is up to 80 percent, up to $1,750. This funding is the total for all devices installed at the property. Plumbers in Toronto can help you find a sump pump that complies with the program, to ensure you get funding and that flooding doesn’t occur.
If you elect to put in a foundation drain pipe severance and capping, you must disconnect the weeping tiles from the city’s sewer system. Plumbers in Toronto can accomplish this by severing and capping the sewer connection that is underground. You will be paid 80 percent of the cost of the work, up to $400. This doesn’t include disconnecting your downspouts, which would not be covered under the program.
It is a wise idea to collaborate with a plumber in Toronto to make sure you install the correct equipment to qualify for the subsidy program offered by the city. They will be able to assist you and perform the work needed to comply.
We hope you’ll choose to work with Rooter Group Inc. for your basement flood protection project. We can assist you in installation of these devices as well as a variety of services to repair or replace your plumbing. Call us today to learn more about how we can help!